How to Bake an Excellent Alaskan Pollock

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Fish sticks, fish fillets, surimi and imitation crab meat are mostly made out of the pollock, a relative of codfish. Alaskan pollock may contain environmental contaminants, such as mercury, therefore it is important to enjoy this type of fish in moderation. One serving of Alaskan pollock contains 81 calories and 17.1 g of protein, as well as other vitamins and minerals.

Select your fish. When selecting Alaskan pollock, choose thick fillets. This will help ensure that the fish will hold together well while baking in the oven. For this recipe, choose a fillet that weighs 1.5 lbs, enough to serve three to four people.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is heating up, grab a medium-sized bowl and combine 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese, 3/4 cup of sour cream, 1/4 cup of melted butter and one pinch each of salt and pepper. Then, choose to either dip the fillets into the mixture or use a basting brush. If using a basting brush, coat both sides of the fillet. Grab a cookie sheet and either spray with cooking oil or cover with tin foil. Place the fish onto the cookie sheet.

Place the cookie sheet into the oven and allow it to cook for 30 minutes. To check for doneness, test the fish fillets 5 minutes prior to the end of the cooking time. Place a fork into the thickest part of the Alaskan pollock filets. If the fork comes out clean or the fillets flake easily, then the fish is ready. If not, allow the fillets to cook for the remaining 5 minutes. When the fillets are done cooking, remove from the oven and place on a plate with side items such as rice or vegetables. To complement the taste of the Alaskan pollock, serve with light sauce, herbs and spices.

Enjoy the fish. There are other ways to cook the Alaskan pollock. Alaskan pollock can be baked as well as broiled, fried, grilled, sautéed and steamed. The fish is known for its mild flavor and tender flesh. It is also known for its nutritional value. Alaskan pollock comes with plenty of protein as well as potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Children will enjoy fish sticks made out of Alaskan pollock. Use Alaskan pollock the next time you make fish tacos or a batch of fish and chips.